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Speak Out for Aug. 22, 2013

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Updated: September 23, 2013 2:31PM



It is amazing how some drivers do not let pedestrians cross the crosswalk in a hospital zone. I almost got run down by the hospital’s shuttle bus. The flashing lights mean let people cross.

What has Gov. Pat Quinn done for Chicago Heights or Bloom Township? All I see are tons of empty buildings.

Joe from Chicago Heights

What happens to a politician’s campaign money when they leave office?

Amer Ahmad, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former comptroller, is being indicted for fraud in Ohio. Do these guys do any background checks before they pick these people out, or do they just randomly select crooks and throw them into office? We need to make a change, starting with this. Go to jail.

So are flash mobs a good thing or a bad thing? We have a bunch of people robbing people or robbing a store, and they call it a flash mob on the news. Then you have “Mobbed,” a TV show hosted by Howie Mandel, showing people singing and dancing and smiling and they call it a flash mob. What’s the deal? Are positive people trying to take the word back, or was the news wrong in the first place calling the negative a flash mob? I thought is was just a bunch of kids being silly for YouTube.

So I guess I should want to pay extremely high taxes while living in a tiny cramped house without central heating so that I can wait months to see a doctor like some do in Europe. I think the United States wouldn’t be in the financial mess it’s in if more people paid their own way instead of being parasites and living off of others. My house is 1,100 square feet, and I support myself. I remember when people were ashamed to be on welfare because they had pride.

To Heather from Crestwood: Your belief that marriage is reserved for a union between a man and a woman doesn’t make you a homophobe. As a Christian who is also homosexual, I understand your hurt at the anti-Christian remarks. I know being Christian doesn’t make you someone who hates gay people. But you are in error about civil unions giving us the same rights as married couples. If I died now, my partner with whom I have a civil union would not receive my Social Security benefits. Spouses of my heterosexual married friends have that right.

Cheryl from Orland Park

The last few years, I’ve seen many high-profile court cases covered heavily on cable news. I remember seeing the trials of Scott Peterson, Drew Peterson, Casey Anthony, Conrad Murray, Jodi Arias, and now George Zimmerman. Of all the violent crimes that occur regularly in America, the majority are ignored and a few cases are subject to vast levels of overexposure in the media. HLN’s Nancy Grace, for instance, is a prime example. Teams of “experts” were rounded up every night for hours to debate, speculate and occasionally discuss the evidence of the case.

Why did people in Chicago protest against George Zimmerman? If they are concerned about children getting killed, then they should protest against the Chicago street gangs that are quickly growing and spreading to all of the nearby suburbs.

Tinley Park

About Segways: The other day I was driving down 80th Avenue in Frankfort Square and saw two middle-aged people traveling down the walk-bicycle path on Segways. I thought these paths were for nonmotorized vehicles except for emergency personnel. I also wonder what kind of exercise these two people were receiving from this activity. Does this mean I can ride my electric scooter down these walk-bicycle paths now?

Questioning Millikin University professor James St. James’ morality is the usual hypocritical move I would expect particularly from someone that brings God into the situation. Jesus died to forgive your sins. Who are you to judge a man that had a momentary slip from sanity to kill his parents, and later corrected his life? The truth is, any other child or teen could end up in his same situation these days except now, help is available before they take any measures to hurt themselves or anyone else. To James, I say keep up the wonderful work.

Joliet

Regarding working the jailbirds: As one who always criticizes elected officials, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart deserves a pat on the back. I like seeing nonviolent offenders cleaning up our roads and forest preserves. I firmly believe those incarcerated jailbirds need to earn their keep.

Bob from Hickory Hills

It sure is interesting to see signs on some of the gasoline stations in Frankfort advertising “no Cook County tax,”

and then seeing them charge 10 to 15 cents more per gallon than stations in Tinley Park and Oak Forest.

Chris from Frankfort

To Chicago Blackhawks fans: Single game tickets recently went on sale. Wow did they go fast, and wow are they expensive!

Be grateful for life itself.

I’m an equal-opportunity atheist. Unlike religion, I do not care what beliefs you have and see the evils and cons in all, not just Christianity. My nonbelief does no harm while all around the world religious factions have been trying to kill each other for eons. Some of the Catholics and Protestants have been fighting forever. Some Catholics tried to wipe out Islamic beliefs during the Crusades. Some of the Islamists hate the Jews and so on. Only “your” religion is the real one.

Willow Springs



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